Sunday, October 16, 2011

Commentary: Evening

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When I go to a convenience store, or to Kinokuniya, I'm kind of torn over buying Evening to do a dedicated commentary on it. The reason is that Evening is one of the first magazines I'd sample-scanned for this blog, but I hadn't actually started doing full write-ups yet. The reason I don't just buy another copy is that I don't want to spend the money. So, I'm going to reuse the earlier scans here, and write a short commentary on the latest stories.


Evening (320 yen for about 400 pages, biweekly) pretty much completes Kodansha's "time of day magazine sequence", from weekly Morning, Morning 2, monthly Afternoon, and now Evening. The only titles not yet out would be Midnight, and Dead of Night, but that's probably just a matter of time. Like the others, Evening is aimed at older men, and with roughly the same coverage of genres. One real distinguishing factor, though, is the number of heavy-hitter artists here. The big four are:

Yuzo Takada, creator of 3x3 Eyes, Blue Seed and Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, with Captain Alice:
This is kind of a fantasy-SF mix starring Alice, a female pilot, and the weirdness she encounters after meeting a strange boy on one of her flights.

Yukito Kishiro, with Battle Angel Alita: Last Order:
Alita had been on hiatus for a while, but it started up a couple of weeks after the above issue came out. She's still in the fight of her life in an inter-galactic martial arts tournament, and there's no signs that it will be ending any time soon. Great art, great combat, silly robot Zen.

Hirokane Kenshi, creator of President Shima Kousaku
If you look at the wiki entry for Evening, you'll see that Kousaku is on the cover, but it's not listed in the section of serialized stories. Hirokane doesn't have anything in issue #20, but he shows up often enough to mention here.

Masayuki Ishikawa, creator of Chaste Maria and Weekly Masayuki Ishikawa, with:
Aw, come on, do I have to say it? Look at the cover above. That's Moyashimon. 'nuf said.

As for the rest of the magazine, it's the same hit-or-miss stuff that you see everywhere else. Some good art, some bad. But with Last Order and Moyashimon, you don't really need anything else.

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